Every market town in the Ottoman Empire needed a clock tower so the faithful knew when to pray and shops could all close and reopen at the same time so that no trader got any advantage from staying open longer.
Clock tower in Belgrade
The Sahat-kula is one of the few buildings inside the Belgrade fortress that have not sustained major damage over time, and has retained all of its authentic architectural and stylistic features.
The Clock Tower at Belgrade Fortress is opened for the public every day, including weekend, from 10am until 17pm. Entry tickets cost 80 dinars for single use, groups ticket is 56 dinars per person and 40 dinars for students and pensioners.
Clock tower in Prijepolje
Sahat Tower in Rahovec (Orahovac)
Clock Tower in Prishtina
Pristina's 19th century, 26-metre high clock tower looks very similar to the one in Skopje. It was built by Jashar Pasha beside the mosque bearing his name in the centre of the old bazaar area, and was made with sandstone and bricks. The original tower was burned in fire and its bricks were used for reconstruction. The authentic bell was brought from Moldova. However, the circumstances of how the bell was brought to Pristina are not clearly known; its theft in 2001 is even more unclear. The same year, French KFOR troops assisted in installing a new clock by changing the old clock mechanism with an electric one.